shmenguin wrote:how did the last expansion draft work with teams protecting their players? did you have to volunteer X amount of players or were you allowed to protect X amount? did pending UFAs/RFAs count towards the players you were allowed to offer?
Here are the cliff's notes from the 2000 expansion draft:
Each team was allowed to protect either one goaltender, five defensemen, and nine forwards or two
goaltenders, three defensemen, and seven forwards.
At least one defenseman left unprotected by each team had to have appeared in at least 40 games in the 1999–2000 season or 70 games in the 1998–99 season and 1999–2000 seasons combined. At least two forwards left unprotected by each team had to have met the same requirements.
Obviously, it's pretty slim pickins...especially when you factor in that teams will sometimes "bribe" expansion teams not to take an "unprotected" player. Like the Sharks traded Andy Sutton, a 3rd and a 7th to Minnesota for an 8th and the promise that they don't select Evgeni Nabokov in the expansion draft. Interesting how that changes history right there...now the Sharks starter for all these years is Miikka Kiprusoff, not Evgeni Nabokov...
Free agents are probably a case by case thing. I believe qualifying offers have to be submitted in advance of July 1 (I think a week before), so I doubt pending UFAs or as-of-yet unqualified RFAs would count, plus an expansion has little chance to sign them anyhow...but in terms of protected lists, I doubt they would credit for that...but there hasn't been an expansion draft in a while in the NHL, so who knows...the Predators selected Mike Richter as a pending UFA in '98, obviously he didn't sign there...